Kashmiri (कॉशुर / كٲشُر)

Kashmiri or Koshur is a member of the Dardic subgroup of the Indo-Aryan language. It has around 5.5 million speakers mainly in the Kashmir Valley in Jammu and Kashmir in northern India. There are also around a hundred thousand Kashmiri speakers in Pakistan.

Kashmiri first appeared in writing during the 8th century AD in the Sharda alphabet, which is still used in religious ceremonies by Kashmiri Pandits. After the arrival of Islam in Kashmir during the 15th century, the Arabic script was adapted to write Kashmiri. Today Kashmiri Muslims write their language with the Arabic script, and Kashmiri Hindus used the Devanagari alphabet.

Kashmiri is one of the official languages of India, and is taught in all schools in the Kashmir valley.

Arabic script for Kashmiri

Kashmiri consonants

Kashmiri consonants

Kashmiri vowels

Kashmiri vowels

Numerals

Kashmiri numerals

Devanagari alphabet for Kashmiri

Devanagari alphabet for Kashmiri

Sources: http://koshur.org/pdf/Let Us Learn Kashmiri.pdf and http://www.geocities.ws/michaelpeterfustumum/kashmiri_latin_alphabet.htm

Sample text in Kashmiri

Sample text in Kashmiri

Source: http://www.kashmirilanguage.com/PDF's/Manikaman_1.pdf

Information about Kashmiri | Useful phrases in Kashmiri

Links

Information about Kashmiri
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kashmiri_language
http://www.kashmirilanguage.com

Koshur - an introduction spoken Kashmiri
http://www.koshur.org

Online Kashmiri dictionary
http://dsal.uchicago.edu/dictionaries/grierson/

Koshurakhbar - the online Kashmiri newspaper
http://www.koshurakhbar.com

Indo-Aryan languages

Awadhi, Assamese, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Chakma, Dhivehi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Kotia, Kutchi, Maithili, Marathi, Marwari, Modi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Romany, Saraiki, Sindhi, Sinhala, Sourashtra, Sugali, Sylheti, Urdu

Other languages written with the Arabic and Devanagari scripts


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